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shpping to Germany to prevent from paying Swiss Post tax

Hi. I was wondering if anyone has experienced shipping across the border to Germany from the US. I live in Basel and the last time I shipped some books here I got a nice hefty tax added in order to pick up the item. I was hoping that if I delivered it to Germany it might save me on paying that extra tax.

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Old 28.08.2012, 22:05
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Re: shpping to Germany to prevent from paying Swiss Post tax

Germany also has taxation. Maybe order your books from www.amazon.de ?

If your books are properly declared you should only pay 2,5 % Swiss sales tax, and as the first CHF65 (Including shipping charges) are free of tax, you should be able to get a few tax free.

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Hi. I was wondering if anyone has experienced shipping across the border to Germany from the US. I live in Basel and the last time I shipped some books here I got a nice hefty tax added in order to pick up the item. I was hoping that if I delivered it to Germany it might save me on paying that extra tax.

Thanks in advance!

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Germany also has taxation. Maybe order your books from www.amazon.de ?

If your books are properly declared you should only pay 2,5 % Swiss sales tax, and as the first CHF65 (Including shipping charges) are free of tax, you should be able to get a few tax free.
Actually, for most goods where the Swiss tax is 8%, it is CHF62.5, but for books it is CHF200. The simple calculation for this is that the tax authorities won't bother you if the tax charge is less than Fr.5.

If you ship to Germany, you will attract German sales tax which is even higher than Swiss tax!
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Re: shpping to Germany to prevent from paying Swiss Post tax

I buy all my books and most other media on either amazon.co.uk or amazon.de and have them shipped to my German service address. No tax whatsoever, limited shipping charges and the minimal fee my service address charges...
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I buy all my books and most other media on either amazon.co.uk or amazon.de and have them shipped to my German service address. No tax whatsoever, limited shipping charges and the minimal fee my service address charges...

Err... not true. If you ship to a German address, Amazon's price includes tax. If you switch to a Swiss address, Amazon will remove the tax and you pay less. Try it and look at your shopping basket.

When your books get delivered in Switzerland, up to Fr.200, you won't be charged Swiss Tax. Amazon.de ships free to Switzerland.
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